Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! Truly, He Is Risen! Alleluia!
Fr. Raymond LafontaineApril 4, 2015
We have just heard these words spoken by and Angel to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, who on going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, found his tomb empty. This empty tomb is the foundation of our Easter hope: Christ is risen, just as he has promised. Because Christ is risen, we share
As we continue our liturgy, we begin from where we were last night at the Last Supper when Jesus reminded us that we must love as He does. These were not just words they were actions. Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily (2014)
Fr. Raymond LafontaineMarch 29, 2015
This week begins with the festive procession with olive branches: the entire population welcomes Jesus. The children and young people sing Hosanna, praising Jesus as their King. But this week continues in the mystery of Jesus’ death and, eventually, his resurrection.
Not long ago, an unsolicited “junk fax” came in and caught my attention:
ANGER MANAGEMENT! Are you alarmed at how anger is controlling your life! This important one-day workshop is all about acquiring, step-by-step, the skills you need to better manage anger: your own anger, the outbursts of your employees, the anger your clients might unleash. Topics covered include: how anger affects our bodies, minds, and behaviour; anger management; appropriate expression of feelings; staying calm; preventing a build-up of frustration; developing a model for assertive anger.
This past Wednesday, hundreds of us gathered here in the church, morning and evening, to be marked with ashes. Ashes that symbolize our mortality and vulnerability; our acknowledgement of our sinful condition and dependence on God’s mercy; our openness to conversion, to the inner transformation
I’m here because Father Ray and I will be giving a CAFE on Wednesday, February 25th, on “Called by your Name”. It’s about the deeper name that God calls you, that is deeper than the name your parents gave you. I will come back to this.
Last weekend, we had the privilege of welcoming Pastor Brent Walker to the pulpit to launch the week of prayer for Christian Unity. He spoke to us passionately about some of the ways in which we can narrow the gap between the wonder of “God as God is” – infinite, unconditional, unbreakable love
My family has a tradition of going to the movies on Boxing Day. Last Friday, a group of nine of us went downtown to see “The Imitation Game”. Based on the true story of mathematician Alan Turing, the film tells the story of the team working to break the infamous Enigma Code used by the Nazis to communicate military information during World War II. At one point in the film, a Bible belonging to one of the codebreakers is found, with the passage of Matthew 7:7 clearly marked: “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” And after several years of frustrating blind alleys, near-misses, interpersonal conflict, and an ingenious contraption named “Christopher” which became the forerunner of the modern computer, the unbreakable code is eventually broken. The Bletchley codebreakers sought, and eventually, they found; a discovery that helped bring the war to a quicker end and saved thousands of lives.